The Miami Heat are the best team in the East with a record of 41-22.
All of the team is functioning at peak ability and they are currently on their way to once again returning to the NBA Finals, despite incredibly tough competition from the likes of the Chicago Bulls, Philadelphia 76ers, Milwaukee Bucks, and more.
The team leader, Jimmy Butler, is understandably making his presence known on the floor, averaging 21.4 points, 6.2 rebounds, and 5.7 assists.
Despite that, there is one key part of his game that is currently lacking.
Jimmy Butler has made 2 of his last 23 three-point attempts.
For the season:
— 19.0% on threes
— 36.3% on midrange
— 42.0% in the paint (non restricted area) pic.twitter.com/sUlYl2UHFi
— StatMuse (@statmuse) March 3, 2022
According to Statmuse, Butler has made two of his last 23 three-point attempts.
For the season, he’s just 19 percent from beyond the three-point line and 14 percent in the last five games.
Although this is a concerning statistic, the fact that the Heat are still doing so well just goes to show that Butler and Miami are on fire even when their star player is running cold from downtown.
The Heat Are Hot
The Eastern Conference has been very fluid this year, with multiple teams taking the number one spot at one point or another.
Things still remain incredibly tight, with the Bulls only 1.5 games behind the Heat and the 76ers just two games back.
Yet, the Heat are starting to look comfortable being on top.
They have been number one longer than most of their competitors and they aren’t showing any signs of slowing down.
Of course, Butler wants to improve his three-point shooting but it’s wild to think the team could be doing so well with him having such trouble with his long-range shooting.
In some ways, this means the Heat can only get better.
If Butler fixed his three-point shot and starts nailing those buckets, will anything be able to stop Miami?